About the property
- House2500 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
5 Bedroom, 5 Bath, 2500+ Sq Ft, 2 Acre Private Lot, 150' of Gently Sloping Beach
*** Now taking reservations for 2019 summer calendar... hurry, only 4 weeks left! - Please note two rental options are available during the summer months (June, July, and Aug), either 5 nights (Sunday thru Friday) or 7 nights (Sunday thru Sunday) ***
Are you looking for a dream getaway to escape with your family and friends? Our lakeside retreat on Cove Bay has it all... a spacious house, awesome yard (2 very private acres... see satellite map), perfect swimming beach (only 100 feet from the house, the swimming beach is shallow and clear with a mix of sand and gravel), and many kid-friendly activities. Everyone in your group will have a blast (adults and children alike), and we genuinely look forward to your visit with us!
Our 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 2,500+ square foot home on the highly sought-after Cove Bay (Mille Lacs Lake, MN) is only 90 minutes from the Twin Cities and situated on a 2 acre private lot with level elevation (right up to the lake) and 150’ of gently sloping beach, perfect for families with young children. Four of the bedrooms have queen size beds (one on the main level, great for grandparents) and the 5th bedroom has three bunk beds, one queen size bed, one futon sleeper, and a window seat (a perfect room for the children, including 50" television, DVD / BluRay player, and DirectTV)! There are also a total of five bathrooms (two full baths and two 3/4 baths and one 1/2 bath), and these are attached to the bedrooms for complete privacy... you can't ask for a better setup for your family and friends, with the potential to very comfortably sleep 16 people!
This two-level home also includes a fully equipped kitchen (for all of your cooking needs), spacious dining area (huge dining table with seating for eight and eight additional folding chairs available), main-level living room overlooking the beautiful lake, separate TV/Video room (with 60” television, DVD / BluRay player, Wii game console, DirectTV, and complimentary wifi / high speed internet), laundry facilities for mid-week washing, and an outdoor Weber propane grill (with grilling utensils) for your tasty Bar-B-Ques.
Mille Lacs Lake is a world-class fishery, with walleye, northern pike, jumbo perch, giant muskie, and smallmouth bass! Referred to as the "Walleye Capital of the World", Mille Lacs Lake was recently ranked as the #1 bass lake in America by Bassmaster (2017). The lake also yielded four beastly "world-record" muskies in 2015 & 2016, each in the 60+ pound range! Feel free to bring your own boat… a bait shop and public boat landing are both less than two miles from this home, and the dock is yours to use during your entire stay. You can also book a launch trip for your group, or a private guided fishing trip that will create memories for a lifetime. There are many trophy fish to be had on this renowned lake!
In addition to wonderful fishing, this lake home also features 150’ of gently sloping beach, perfect for swimming (it is shallow for a long ways out, great for young kids, and the water is extremely clear). Enjoy a gorgeous sunset from the private dock or the lakeside fire pit, and know that the private setting (see satellite view on Google map below) will provide a very quiet and peaceful getaway for you and your family and friends. Our large 2 acre yard is perfect for spreading out and enjoying yard games, and it includes an outdoor playground for the children, basketball hoop in the front driveway, a paddleboat and six kayaks for zipping around on the lake, tons of games and toys for the children, and numerous activities nearby (see list below for some of the local attractions).
The rates posted below include EVERYTHING you could possibly need for your stay in our lakeside retreat... just bring your food, clothes, and toiletries! There are no hidden charges. We provide complimentary wifi / high speed internet, the laundry facilities are free-of-charge, the six kayaks and paddleboat are available for your entire stay, the dock can be used for mooring your boat (no dock charges), two propane tanks are provided for the gas grill, no parking fees for your vehicles, the garage is full of toys and swimming supplies (including life jackets and water shoes), the kitchen is fully equipped (free coffee, condiments, spices, etc), and so forth. We provide a "general information" package one month before your check-in with information on all of these amenities and MORE, including local attractions and many fun things to do during your stay.
The summer months are very popular, but don't overlook the fall, winter, or spring. Each of these seasons provides very unique activities and many fun-filled days:
Fall Activities - Take in the crisp, autumn air and enjoy the beautiful fall colors on the lake. Popular activities include ATV riding (more than 300 miles of premier ATV trails make this the largest connected ATV trail in the state), biking and hiking (the Mille Lacs Soo Line Trail is the newest "rails to trails" projects in the state of Minnesota and provides a scenic tour for hiking, biking, and rollerblading during the beautiful fall months), and fishing / hunting / shooting / archery (during the fall, trophy fish are fattening up for winter, and Mille Lacs is also home to white-tailed deer, grouse, and various duck species. The Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area is located on the south end of the lake, and it encompasses over 39,000 acres of public hunting land, all for your enjoyment).
Winter Activities - The Mille Lacs Lake area is simply AMAZING during the winter months! Nothing brings out the kids in all of us, quite like winter. If you enjoy quiet sports, there are myriad trails for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The Mille Lacs Kathio State Park also has a sledding hill with hot chocolate in the warming house. For the "active" outdoor enthusiast, the wind-whipped expanse of Mille Lacs Lake is perfect for kiteboarding on skis or snowboards, or ice skating. Don’t miss one of the lake’s big kiteboarding events—the annual Mille Lacs Crossing—held the first weekend in March. Or maybe you love to hit the MN snowmobile trails. Trailer up your machines or arrange to rent sleds... either way, the hundreds of miles of groomed MN snowmobile trails will provide a picturesque getaway. If fishing is your thing, plowed roads provide easy access on and off the lake, and local resorts offer fish houses for rent. These well-equipped fish houses have all the comforts of home. Hang out on the lake, play some cards—and of course, fish! Check out the ice reports, hire a guide, grab some tackle and fresh bait, and hit the Mille Lacs Lake ice highway for great Minnesota ice fishing!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask these in your response. We look forward to having you and your guests at our lakeside retreat on Cove Bay. Thank you!
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- May 18, 2018
About Jason Wimmer
My wife and I live in the Minneapolis area and we have three young children (ages 7 - 12). We love the close proximity of our lakehome to Minneapolis (it is about a 90 minute drive) and we have spent many wonderful days here with our family and friends!
Jason Wimmer purchased this House in 2013
Why Jason Wimmer chose South Harbor
My wife and I purchased this lakehome in summer of 2013. We had three young children at the time, and we wanted to have a special "getaway" for our family... someplace outside of the busy city where we could relax and create special memories together, that would last a lifetime! As we looked at different properties, we had numerous criteria; however, there were five things that stood out on our list, and this property had all of them (see unique benefits below). We have made several improvements to this lakehome over the years, and we continue to make improvements each and every year, based on feedback from our family, friends, and guests. Right now, it is the perfect lakeside retreat! Our family and friends love this lakehome, the Mille Lacs Lake area in general, and everything it has to offer. Now, we would like to share our blessings with you and your family and friends!
What makes this House unique
As we looked at different properties, we had numerous criteria; however, there were five things that stood out on our list, and this property had all of them: 1) Close proximity to Minneapolis (it is about a 90 minute drive via Highway 169, and located on the southernmost bay of Mille Lacs Lake, for easy accessibility) 2) Plenty of space for family and friends (the lakehome has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths with over 2,500 square feet, which can easily accommodate 16 people... all of our family and friends can visit without feeling squished) 3) A great swimming area for our young children (the water is shallow and clear, and the beach area is a mix of sand and gravel, awesome for swimming). The children would rank this as #1 on THEIR list of unique benefits. 4) A spacious and private yard with level elevation (the yard is 2 acres in size and provides for very peaceful getaways), and 5) Great fishing! We love to fish, and while this was not #1 on our wish list, we are thankful we were able to find everything above, plus GREAT FISHING! We do not believe there is a better lake in Minnesota to get the variety of fish (walleye, smallmouth, muskie, jumbo perch, pike), while also having the potential to catch a trophy. We have personally caught and released many trophy fish on this lake, including walleye up to 29" and smallmouth up to 21" and muskie up to 52" and northern pike up to 39"... the fishing can be an absolute BLAST! If these unique benefits match any of the criteria on your search for the perfect vacation rental home, we would love to have you stay with us!
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Fabulous Winter Weekend
I would highly recommend this home for a winter weekend getaway. Our family stayed in the middle of January and celebrated a late Christmas. The house was beautifully decorated with seasonal decor, and there was also a Christmas tree set up. The house was very warm and cozy, and the gas fireplace in the living room was a huge hit for the adults. The children loved all of the games, and had a ton of fun outdoors in the snow and on the ice. The interior of the home was very spacious, and with four separate families, we had plenty of room to spread out. There was nothing missing from this fabuous winter weekend getaway... five stars all the way! We hope to be back.
wonderful place for our family
This is our second time at this great home. We do our weekend in the fall and the place gives us all space to play games, read and watch some fun TV. (for the football fans) My daughter in- laws love having their own bathrooms! I really cant say enough how about nice it is!!
Very gorgeous and comfortable!
It was very comfortable, just wish we could have spent more time!
Best family get away home
Had a great time at the home. Very well kept and clean. Lots of open space in the driveway and back yard. The home accommodated my family very well. Enough space for the adults to hangout and the kids to run around.
Owner was top notch in communication. Answered any and all questions I had regarding stay. Respond time was very quick. Usually got an answer within the hour. I booked the home very early and the owner kept in contact checking to see if I wanted to know anything before coming out.
Would highly recommend the home for any and all families to visit. Open space with private area in the woods that is secluded. I can't say enough of how well my experience went. I'm very happy and so is the family. We all want to give a big thank you to the Wimmer family for opening up their beautiful home.
Would definitely make another trip out sometime in the future. This time just an earlier date for the nicer weather.
The Perfect Experience
You know those trips when you are confident that everything will go smoothly and the trip will be a success because of the preparation, planning, the owner's emails before your stay? Jason and his wife, Sam, are the perfect example of this. I was absolutely blown away by their process, and communication prior to, during, and after our stay. They do it right! When you reserve this house, you aren't just getting the house, you are paying for the experience, and they sure know how do it right!
We chose this property because of the location, the size, amenities, and price. Our group consisted of 16 close friends, who came together for an important celebration together. The house has enough beds to sleep all 16 people very comfortably! The house is beautiful; it's easy to tell Jason and his family take care of the house and property. The surrounding 2 acres was beautiful as well, almost entirely covered with grass, and we made sure to take advantage of all of it. Jason stocked their garage with so many fun outdoor activites that we weren't expecting to see. It was a real treat to see a corn hole set, ladder ball set, enough water toys and floats for everyone, fire wood for the fire pit outside, and tons of other stuff! Each night we bbq'd, and then spent 3-4 hours sitting around the fire pit outside and enjoying the amazing property.
I loved our stay and would recommend this to anyone looking to book a house for a couple families or a large group of people.
A great place for a vacation
The house and property were gorgeous. The area was quiet and very relaxing. We were overwhelmed with the amount of equipment, toys, and games provided, including so much for the children to enjoy. Just bring food and clothes, everything else was already there. The kitchen was impressively well stocked with all the equipment and utensils anyone might need. The house was very spacious, allowing each to have there own space if necessary. The location made you feel remote and away from it all, with great lake access, but groceries and restaurants are conveniently nearby. For example, we had a nice family meal at Eddy's just minutes away. Staying here was a memorable experience, a good time was had by all (a group of 7 adults and 2 kids).
There are numerous activities nearby, for all of your family and friends, including the following:
• GOLF: Izatys Resort is only a 5 minute drive, and offers the award winning golf course Black Brook, nestled within the Minnesota Great North Woods with natural water and marsh hazards, native deciduous trees and extensive use of wildflowers and undulation greens. The Garrison area (approximately 20 miles) is also home to the Northwood Hills Golf Course. For over 40 years, the Mille Lacs Golf Course in Garrison has welcomed golfers from all around! Finally, Fiddlestix Golf Course is located in Isle (approximately 10 miles) and is a par 71 championship course that spans 6,250 yards of wonderful, scenic terrain. It was recently recognized by Star Tribune as a top ten public golf course in Minnesota.
• 4-WHEEL & SNOWMOBILE: The Red Top and Soo Line Trail systems are just minutes away and offer miles and miles of beautiful wooded trails, for four wheeling, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or hiking.
• STATE PARKS: The Father Hennepin State Park and Mille Lacs Kathio State Park are both less than 10 minutes and provide hiking trails, swimming beaches, fishing piers, picnic sites, playgrounds, cross-country skiing, 100 foot observation tower, nature programs, canoeing, and various other outdoor activities.
• GRAND CASINO MILLE LACS: The Garrison area is approximately 20 miles and home of the Grand Casino, which offers gaming (casino, bingo hall, pull tab booth, arcade with over 80 games), live entertainment (see their website for a full listing of concerts and shows), a 4-screen stadium movie theatre, four delicious dining options, and retail shopping.
• PLEASURE BOATING: Sailing, jet skiing, canoeing, and pleasure boating are great on Mille Lacs because it is wide open and has relatively little boat traffic.
• FISHING LAUNCHES: Fishing launches are very popular on Mile Lacs Lake, with many resorts and local businesses in the area that offer fully guided fishing trips and sunset cruises around the lake. Mille Lacs launch fishing boats range in size from 25 to 73 feet and hold up to 50 people. Many are even equipped with restrooms and grills for outdoor dining.
• SHOP & DINE: Browse the many shops and craft stores in the small towns of Isle and Wahkon, both less than a 10 minute drive. Or drive / boat to one of the many local Restaurants and Diners. A full list of local attractions and dining options will be provided to all of our guests prior to their check-in date.
• MILLE LACS INDIAN MUSEUM AND TRADING POST: Trace the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and discover how they have preserved their culture.
• HUNTING: If you are staying during the fall months, and are into hunting (or would like to give it a try), the Mille Lacs Hunting Lodge is located in Onamia and a short drive. The lodge is set on 400 acres which provides the perfect setting for many outdoor activities. In the fall, pheasant hunting is their main focus, and they can provide everything from guides and dogs, sporting clays, and even home cooked meals. The Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area is also located on the south end of the lake, and it encompasses over 39,000 acres of public hunting land
• WILDLIFE WATCHING: We regularly see many types of wildlife from this lake home. Included on the list are turkey, white-tailed deer, squirrels (both black and grey), bald eagles, blue herons, wood peckers, gulls and terns, ducks and geese, humming birds, orioles, and a variety of song birds. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you will love the private setting... surrounded by lush woods, panoramic views of the water, and natural beauty everywhere!